Editor's Choice - Our Favorite AQUA-TECH Aquarium Filters

1. Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 76 5

AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 First Impressions

"Not ideal but it works."

Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. Fill it up with water before you plug it in. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned. They are easily found from mom-n-pop pet stores to large chain stores. Overall I would recommend this item.

  • Aqua-Tech Power Aquarium Filter, 30 to 60-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 30 to 60 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #3 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 6.19 x 14.31 x 7.81 inches; 2.78 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90740-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90740-00 Final Thoughts

"One piece of advice."

If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. The instructions are a bit to much for me. I've think I've had had six of them. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I attempted to clean and lube the impeller, but to no avail. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck.

Overall Score
4.5


(1384 Points)

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2. AQUA-TECH EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge for 5-15 Filters, 6 Pack

User Ratings: 83 1

AQUA-TECH PL-T135-06 First Impressions

"I bought an FX5 in 2011."

What I don't like is how much smaller it is than the Aqueon. , that's what makes this so funny. I sent a request for replacement and one came the next day. I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. I was new to the hobby and didn't realize that Tetras were inferior filters. Early on it seems to be working as advertised. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge for 5-15 Filters, 6 Pack
  • EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge fits AQUA-Tech 5-15 Power Filters
  • Contains AQUA-Tech Premium Activated Carbon
  • No messy assembly required
  • Changes in seconds just shake and rinse
  • For best results, change every 2-4 weeks
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 4.88 x 5 inches; 6.3 Ounces
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AQUA-TECH PL-T135-06 Final Thoughts

"Peace out Amazonians."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. Replace activated carbon every 6-8 months ish. Worst case is that the motor could burn out. Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. Never ever ever use it past a year. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

Overall Score
4.7


(1230 Points)

3. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 61 15

AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 First Impressions

"Definitely a good buy."

I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. I also don't like how short the intake tube is. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Really happy with the money I was able to save. In the afternoon the noises started again. I've think I've had had six of them. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 5 to 15-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 5 to 15 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #1 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.88 x 5.19 x 7.63 inches; 1.25 Pounds
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AQUA-TECH ML90737-00 Final Thoughts

"So who knows."

Works like a dream and can't even hear it! You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. I've looked at so many filters and reviews. I decided to go with this filter since I had a positive experience previously. Get it and take heed to what I wrote.

Overall Score
4.0


(520 Points)

4. AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums

User Ratings: 62 10

AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 First Impressions

"It's priced awesome!"

I was worried about some of the negative reviews. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. Following morning it was running quietly. This is a good choice if you're tired of cleaning your turtle tank all the time.

  • AQUA-TECH Power Aquarium Filter, 10 to 20-Gallon Aquariums
  • For 10 to 20 gallon aquariums
  • Two year warranty
  • Advanced 3 step filtration
  • Comes with one AQUA-Tech EZ-Change #2 Filter Cartridge
  • Traps dirt, removes impurities and offers maximum water to carbon contact
  • Manufacture: Aqua-Tech
  • Product Dimensions: 4.31 x 9.25 x 8.5 inches; 1.55 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The AQUA-TECH ML90738-00
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AQUA-TECH ML90738-00 Final Thoughts

"Just a low hum."

I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I have always used Marineland filters and been happy with them and their quality. Fill up the media slot with water until it's full. Typically just below the flat part of the outlets. My box came in good condition, parts where in tact and new. I ordered 4 of these, for different tanks of course. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions.

Overall Score
4.2


(68 Points)

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5. AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons

AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM First Impressions

"Added 3 baby turtles."

In the afternoon the noises started again. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I used to work as a marine biologist for a major state aquarium. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! I plan to cycle this new AC 50 on a separate tank and then xfer it to the 20 gallon. I have the topfin 29 gallon tank and used the HOB filter it came with. It wasn't producing much surface agitation.

  • AQUA-TECH Ultra Quiet Power Filter, for Aquariums 30-60 Gallons
  • includes cartridge: the molded ribbed back maximizes contact with water – includes premium activated carbon.
  • biological filtration: bio-foam biological filtration removes toxic ammonia and nitrites on contact.
  • quiet: decoupled motor with dampeners reduces noise to below 40 db.
  • powerful: impeller and motor assembly designed for efficient power usage filters 30- to 60-gallon aquariums 6 times per hour.
  • sleek design: designed to fit standard aquarium hoods and canopies, the aqua-tech ultra quiet power filter makes aquatic filtration easy.
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: Spectrum Brands Pet
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AQUA-TECH AQ-78266WM Final Thoughts

"No issues."

This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I'd highly recommend not replacing the bio material& sponge, ever. Overall, I like the 350's slim back design, and be able to add up to 4 cartridges. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom. Clean the foam insert apparently it pulled a lot of dirt and needs cleaned.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

6. Penn Plax Cascade Marlin Canister Filter

User Ratings: 37 7

Penn-Plax First Impressions

"It just starts right up."

That water got so dirty we had to keep changing it every 2 or 3 days. Get it and take heed to what I wrote. I was worried that it might be too much for my aquarium or that it would be loud. I checked and cleaned it and still just as loud. They can be very noisy at the impeller, which sometimes quiets in time, but may not. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. The Aqua Clear is on the left and the Aqueon is on the right.

  • Penn Plax Cascade Marlin Canister Filter
  • Clean, Crystal-Clear Water for Fresh and Marine Aquariums
  • Manufacture: Penn-Plax
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Penn-Plax Final Thoughts

"Very pleased!"

Overall I would recommend this item. I own 3 of these and besides my canister they are my favorite filters. Works like a dream and can't even hear it! Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. It's only rated at 25 gph less, but holds considerably less media. You do have to unplug it for those two jobs. I was worried about some of the negative reviews.

Overall Score
3.8


(14 Points)

7. Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter

User Ratings: 92

Ultum Nature Systems First Impressions

"29 gallons."

Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50. This is not my first experience with a marineland filter. Controlling the flow rate doesn't require modifying the filter. First they are simple and designed to pump and filter aquarium water. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. A canister or in tank filter is ten times more work and messy. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter.

  • Ultum Nature Systems Delta Aquarium Tank Canister Filter
  • Suitable for freshwater and marine aquariums
  • AC110V 60HZ, Max Flow Rate: 350G/HR
  • Includes filter media, tubing, and inflow outflow fittings
  • Dimensions: 9.65 x 8.7 x 14.4"
  • Usage: Up to 92 gallons
  • Manufacture: Ultum Nature Systems
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Ultum Nature Systems Final Thoughts

"This one does!"

I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. I can hear it 3 rooms away grinding away. I was using a Tetra in-tank filter previously. If that does not work, look into silicone grease so you can lube the impeller. My tank is nice and clear and my fish are much happier. I returned the Aqua Clear 70 and promptly received a replacement. This new AQ50 filter has loose bio-media, i.

Overall Score
4.9


(18 Points)

8. AquaTop 295 GPH Forza FZ4 Canister Filter

User Ratings: 58 25

AquaTop FZ4 First Impressions

"A very obvious waterfall."

I wasn't able to fill my tank fully because there was little to no surface agitation. All in all, I highly recommend this filter and I'm a extremely happy customer! My fish are definitely happier and my water is crystal clear. LOW and BEHOLD, LMAO, I missed where you had to put water in the back of the filter. Months later, this filter is still working great on my 29 gal set up. I bought a top fin 55 gallon aquarium on sale. Marineland bio pumps have been around forever.

  • AquaTop 295 GPH Forza FZ4 Canister Filter
  • Multi-stage Filtration System
  • 295 gals/hr.
  • Suitable for tanks ranging from 60-90 gal
  • Prevents algae growth and controls free Floating parasites and disease causing pathogens
  • Manufacture: Aquatop, Inc.
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches; 10 Pounds
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AquaTop FZ4 Final Thoughts

"Thats whats☝ up!"

Therefore, you wouldnt have 2 filters running. I've been researching so many things on how to take care of them. Never ever ever use it past a year. I used a small pair of pliers and carefully got the pebbles out. I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I had originally got one for my 75 Gallon tank housing an Oscar. One thing I think is worth mentioning is the need to prime the filter.

Overall Score
3.8


(6 Points)

9. Coralife Marine Filter Cart Lg 3pk

User Ratings: 96

Coralife 100528633 First Impressions

"Yeah, no no no!"

It doesn't rise up hugely above the tank like a lot of HOB filters. I liked the clean lined look and the pull out basket. I had to cut the hood to make it work. The first night I had the pump going it started making a screeching sound. I DONT KNOW WHY MANY THINK THIS IS A NOISY FILTER. Not sure what I'll do with the more complex design. Firstly, I'd recommend taking the motor apart and putting it back together.

  • Coralife Marine Filter Cart Lg 3pk
  • The large cora life marine Filter replacement cartridge pack contains three dual sided, dense floss carbon cartridges designed to remove unwanted debris and odor from the Cora life marine Filter with protein skimmer. These cartridges need to be changed every 4-6 weeks or whenever you observe water beginning to enter the filter bypass or when the cartridge itself becomes clogged with various organic waste and debris. Unlike other filter cartridges, replacing this unit is speedy and hassle free.
  • 3-pack replacement filters—each cartridge provides 4 to 6 weeks of clean marine water.
  • High-quality, activated carbon works to remove harmful waste from your saltwater aquarium and improve water clarity.
  • Installs in seconds with a bottom key slot for optimal alignment.
  • Manufacture: CORALIFE
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Coralife 100528633 Final Thoughts

"Kudos to Amazon prime!"

The filter stopped working all of a sudden. My old pump was not working very well so I had to make a major clean up. BUT after some YouTube research I was able to fix the noise issue. Really happy with the money I was able to save. As for performance, I couldn't ask for a better filter. I had a lot of particles in the water. You'll want to pull that water from the bottom.

Overall Score
5.0


(40 Points)

10. OASE Indoor Aquatics Filtosmart Thermo

User Ratings: 63 8

OASE Indoor Aquatics 55164 First Impressions

"It works great."

I use Marinelands refillable cartridge for extra carbon on the extra slots. I had to cut the hood to make it work. I still have my original wheels on the year old 350 with no issues whatsoever. The filter stopped working all of a sudden. SO I decided to order this for my 29 gallon tank. Never ever ever use it past a year. Now I'm having the same issue with the Aqua Clear 50.

  • OASE Indoor Aquatics Filtosmart Thermo
  • The filtosmart thermos 200 has an integrated heater in compact Filter design
  • The built-in heater provides your aquarium with Precise and uniform temperature levels while the product integration delivers unobstructed views of your Aquarium
  • Two stage filtration of biological and mechanical filtration are integrated in this compact design
  • External filter operates quietly to circulate and filter your aquarium water
  • Compact design with large filter surface
  • Included Components: Aquarium Filter With Heater, Filter Media, Tubing, Diffuser, Spray Bar, Fittings, Power Cable, And Stable Base
  • Included Features: Aquarium Filter With Heater, Filter Media, Tubing, Diffuser, Spray Bar, Fittings, Power Cable, And Stable Base
  • Special Features: Adjustable Flow Control Is Built Into The Inlet And Outlet Of The Filter;Diffuser And Spray Bar Can Be Utilized For Uniform Surface Movement And Additional Dissolved Oxygen Integration;Includes A Self-Priming Function For Simple Startup And Continued Operation, For all All Life Stages
  • Manufacture: OASE
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 13.3 inches; 11.95 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The OASE Indoor Aquatics 55164
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OASE Indoor Aquatics 55164 Final Thoughts

"Not my case!"

Lift the sticking wheel outuse a Q-tip to clean the slots where the wheel rests. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. This is a well designed unit and a lot of bang for the buck. SO, I sat down and read EVERY little thing in rhe instructions. , that's what makes this so funny. The bacteria eats the nitrates in the water to help keep it clean. The ability to regulate the flow solves the loud waterfall problem.

Overall Score
4.2


(154 Points)

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